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  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... this year to improve research-driven interventions. The grants are designed to fund studies that will help combat ... users after prison, as well as evaluations of the healthcare systems in Appalachia. The goal is to gain a ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... range of factors can play a role in the development of both disorders. 1, 11 How to Identify a Co-occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for a number of reasons, such as: 1, 3, 11 ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... over 18 years old suffer from dual diagnosis. 2 About 23% of adults receiving treatment for a serious mental health condition also suffer substance use disorder. 2 Adults with a substance use disorder are twice as likely ... continue reading
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  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... a Hot Tin Roof is perhaps his best contribution, and it includes many of the major elements of his life, including mental illness and a love of drink. Dylan Thomas A Welsh boy who grew up into a poet, Thomas is known for ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... hobby” they tried together would prove fatal. Ryan and Grant died within 48 hours of each other, both due ... of euphoria, numbness, sedation and slowed breathing.” Healthcare workers familiar with pink report that it makes “ ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... a medical condition he had that led to mental confusion and depression. Hemingway eventually took his life ... that much off his face. 15. Ulysses S. Grant By Brady-Handy Photograph Collection Being the president of ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... of Health (NIH) recently awarded him a three-year grant of $431,700 to find answers to his questions. Meth ... down the road. Additional Reading: Meth on the Mind - It's a Mental Downhill Slide for Users Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... drugs. With easy access to narcotics, overwhelming mental stress, frequent exposure to terminal illness and a pressing need to hide the disease, addicted healthcare workers face a unique set of challenges. Caring ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... cost is due to people being less productive at work followed by healthcare costs. #3 Pain Killers According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 4.3 million Americans use ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse In the mid-1980s, crack cocaine use exploded across the United States. In 1974, 5 million people had tried cocaine. By 1985, more than 22 million people had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting ...

    ... range of side effects and may even be fatal (Grant & Harford, 1990). Crack Cocaine: Key Facts Smoking ... . In many cases, addiction develops as a result of mental health disorders or past trauma, and it may be important ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... program are at risk for developing or exacerbating a mental health disorder or physical ailments. References 1. Longo, ... M. Compton, Christopher M. Jones, and Grant T. Baldwin. (2016). Relationship between Nonmedical ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... their State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant. Nance is asking the DEA to allow the buprenorphine ... to register with the DEA. Second, mental health and chemical dependency professionals fall into ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... with time. The longer the wait, the more mental and physical damage is done. A colossal fallout isn ... the end. Making it through rehab successfully does not grant us superpowers. Recovering alcoholics will never be “safe” ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... Let go of resentment. Focus on forgiveness; grant yourself and your loved ones forgiveness. Without it ... and remember how far you've come. 19. Clean your mental house. Get rid of the negativity. Speak to yourself with ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... sense of calm. A slightly modified version of the original prayer has been adopted by many 12-Step groups: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can change, and ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... -tank/2014/04/02/feds-may-be-rethinking-the-drug-war-but-states-have-been-leading-the-way/ Fair Use We grant permission to use any of the images on this page freely. If you decide to republish anything from this page, we ... continue reading
  • Treatment for LSD Abuse

    Psychoactive substances, by definition, change the way people think and feel. Hallucinogens do this in a unique way, by altering the way that humans sense and perceive the world—making false visual, auditory, and tactile sensations seem real. One ...

    ... Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Brief interventions are essentially short counseling sessions—lasting anywhere from 5-30 minutes—that are administered by trained healthcare providers 2 ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... continue a harmful lifestyle . On the other hand, if healthcare professionals, treatment centers and society as a whole view you ... including: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration The American ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... and death may result from improper insertion of drug implants inserted in the upper arm.” Healthcare professionals have expressed concerns that patients who use Probuphine will neglect the rest of their treatment ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... meth flooded the US. The concern is that fighting both battles will severely strain the country's already ailing healthcare system. Johnson also noted, “I don't think what we've done to scale up access to treatment for ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... a set of guidelines for physicians on how to prescribe painkillers. Given the CDC's prominent role in healthcare, these new recommendations may help to curb current trends in overdose. Want to take a deeper dive into ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Withdrawal

    Marijuana (cannabis, weed, grass, hashish) is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 8.4% of all Americans over the age of 12 (22.2 million people) used ...

    ... in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a handbook used by US healthcare professionals that lists all medically recognized mental disorders. Is Marijuana Withdrawal Dangerous? Marijuana ... continue reading
  • What Is Crack Cocaine?

    Crack cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug that is the rock crystal form of powdered cocaine. 1, 2, 5 Crack cocaine is a more potent form of cocaine that is processed so that it can be smoked, which provides an immediate high. 5 The name ...

    ... treatment when appropriate. While it's best for healthcare professionals to make a substance use disorder diagnosis ... that it has caused or worsened a physical or mental health issue. Spending a lot of time obtaining, ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to ... all the other side effects can diminish our mental, physical and sexual functioning. Effects on Our ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose ...

    ... taking illegal drugs , according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration . They may also feel invincible ... #Overview1 http://healthcare.utah.edu/paincenter/risks-long-term-opioid-use.php http://www ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... and Health conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2014 around ... -drug-addiction-treatment www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/healthcare www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what- ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What Is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... (pain reduction). Drowsiness. Calm, dreamlike mental state. Cough suppression. Reduction in symptoms of ... appear to be rare among reports by users and healthcare providers, but there is little information available to ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... important for high-risk patients - those with a history of impulse-control or other addictive behaviors. Healthcare providers are advised to reduce dosage or stop the medication altogether if these symptoms occur. What ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... an online appointment. You can use Skype or another web-based platform to connect with your healthcare provider. During this appointment, you can discuss concerns, ask questions, and receive recommendations for treatment ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... naloxone. It seems more than a coincidence that naloxone manufacturers enlisted the help of public officials and healthcare providers to raise awareness and use of naloxone , then dramatically increased the prices. First ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... , actually buying drugs in the first place can be costly, but there are additional expenses when it comes to healthcare, legal fees, and other social costs. Let's not forget that often those addicted to drugs may end up ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... option for individuals as they work through recovery and towards drug-free independence. It is important to discuss your recovery options with your healthcare provider to determine the best option for you and your needs. continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... inject heroin for patrons who struggle with accessing a vein. The establishment also provides primary healthcare services, wound care, immunizations, and housing/community assistance. InSite Data: 1,028 visits per day ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... in the central nervous system and blocks pain signals. So, what did change? Awareness. Members of the healthcare industry began to see that patients experienced severe reactions to tramadol. It seemed the drug's potency ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... this escalating trend, we clearly need change. And many believe this change needs to start with the healthcare providers who prescribe opioids. While these drugs are effective at relieving pain, opiates can have such ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... of delivering mothers with a current opioid addiction. Neonatal abstinence syndrome has taken a major toll on the healthcare system in Ohio. In 2013 alone, treating newborns with NAS was linked to $97 million in charges ... continue reading
  • Kratom Abuse

    What Is Kratom? Kratom is a tree-like plant that grows in Southeast Asia and is distantly related to coffee and gardenia plants. Street Names Kratom isn't the only name for this substance. In various parts of the world, kratom may be referred to ...

    ... solid figures are available regarding teen use of kratom, but this drug is on the radar of healthcare professionals who deal with substance abuse issues. Emergency room doctors have reported treating teens who have taken ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... approaching their release dates. A Step in the Right Direction The Bristol County House of Corrections was also granted $100,000. These funds will be used to assist inmates who have been diagnosed with an opioid use ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... begin to change, including your personality, memory, and bodily processes that you might currently take for granted. Health Complications Drug and alcohol use impacts nearly every part of your body from your heart to ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... my energy there instead. I Have Gratitude for My Life For as long as I can remember, I took my life for granted. But after losing my freedom and almost killing myself and others, I realized how lucky I was to be alive. I ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... pipes and alcohol swabs. Murphy is trying to raise $150,000 to cover the initial startup costs by obtaining grants and fundraising efforts. “Think of the benefits of a safe injection site,” he said. “No needles on the ... continue reading
  • Peyote Drug Addiction

    Peyote (“buttons,” “mesc,” “cactus”) is a cactus plant consumed for its hallucinogenic properties and ability to alter a user's thoughts, feelings, and perceptions 1 . The top of the cactus plant that protrudes from the ground (the ...

    ... 2 . Symptoms can persist long after a person has used the drug. HPPD is more common among people with prior mental health issues, but all hallucinogen users are at risk, even after one-time use 2 . Peyote abuse can also ... continue reading
  • Treating Psilocybin Mushroom Addiction

    How to Approach a Psilocybin Addict It can be difficult to watch someone you care about struggle with a psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” addiction. Your loved one may engage in self-destructive behaviors and isolate themselves from others. ...

    ... health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Someone with an addiction and a comorbid mental health condition is said to have a dual diagnosis. It's important that those with a dual ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... substance abuse. Additionally, if abuse of either of these substances has given rise to or exacerbated a mental health issue, you may be better served by a center specializing in dual diagnosis treatment . Dual diagnosis ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy is an illegal, synthetic drug of abuse that usually is consumed in pill, tablet, or capsule form. The drug is somewhat unique amongst the illicit drugs of abuse in that it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects . Ecstasy's stimulant ...

    ... A psychiatrist will be able to assess the situation and prescribe the best medication for the situation. Therapy Mental health treatment will be effective in targeting the factors that led to use, as well as the lasting ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... to drug use; other times, the reverse is true: using drugs worsens mental health. Prolonged drug use side-steps the need to address underlying mental health issues; and when these are not addressed early and thoroughly ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Healthy When Someone You Love Is Addicted

    “Self-care is essential to finding ways to limit the unwanted influence of substance use in your life.” When someone you love is abusing substances like alcohol and/or other drugs, you are likely to focus solely on the damage the addiction is ...

    ... time, you may be neglecting the stress that your loved one's addiction has on you. Chances are good your mental and physical health has been affected by substance use in at least one of the following ways: Do you love ... continue reading
  • From Bath Salts to Flakka: Searching for Designer Drugs

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The new and unfamiliar often elicits fear of the unknown. But when the new and unfamiliar is a drug - and when this drug is attributed to episodes of extreme paranoia, acts of superhuman strength, and reports of ...

    ... a daily basis. Though potentially less bizarre than what's covered in the news, many of the common mental, behavioral and medical health effects of drug use develop more subtly, but are still quite capable of devastating ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ambien

    The sleep-aid Ambien (generic name: zolpidem) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of insomnia in adults 1 . It works by slowing down brain activity to help users fall and stay asleep. Zolpidem is similar in structure and effects to ...

    ... and/or snorting them—with scary consequences. This risk increases in those with a history of substance use or mental health (co-occurring) disorders 4 . Don't let another day pass by without treatment. Learn how to begin ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Withdrawal

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nearly 5 million people 12 and older abused cocaine within the year prior to the 2012 survey. Cocaine abuse is associated with numerous risks that include, but are not limited to 1 : Increased ...

    ... are a risk for those currently using cocaine, as well as for some users in cocaine withdrawal 6 . Mental health concerns 6 : Withdrawal from cocaine may produce symptoms of depression in some users. These symptoms can be ... continue reading
  • How to Help a DMT Addict

    N, N-Dimethyltryptamine is the chemical name for the drug commonly known as DMT . This potent hallucinogen , sometimes called “Dmitri,” can be synthesized in labs, but also occurs naturally in several types of South American plants. The ...

    ... to use DMT? Do I use it to avoid or escape from reality due to depression, anxiety, or another mental illness? Do the drawbacks of its use outweigh the perceived benefits? Has my use created conflict in my relationships ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, is a drug similar to ketamine and known for its hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE (sometimes called “Mexxy,” “M-ket,” “Special M,” or “legal ketamine”) is commonly sold on the ...

    ... been shown to cause numerous physical and mental health problems at high doses—including psychotic ... safe alternative to ketamine, it can cause numerous mental and physical health problems from anxiety and fear to ... continue reading
  • What Does Acid do to You? The Effects of LSD (Acid)

    What is LSD (Acid)? D-lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD or “acid,” is a hallucinogenic drug made from lysergic acid, a natural chemical found in a fungus that grows on rye called Claviceps purpurea . LSD was first created in 1938 ...

    ... professional obligations. Craving LSD. Continuing to use even when doing so is creating interpersonal issues and/or mental/physical health issues. Giving up hobbies in favor of using. Needing to take more and more LSD to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... Persistent psychosis may occur in psilocybin users. 2 This condition may manifest with a number of mental symptoms, such as paranoia, volatile mood, disorganized thought patterns, and visual disturbances. 2,5 Short-Term ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of DMT Use

    Is DMT Harmful? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogenic compound found naturally in a variety of plant species and produced endogenously in the human brain. Although the brain produces it naturally, the compound itself is still a Schedule 1 ...

    ... of using DMT. Continuing to use DMT in spite of mounting negative interpersonal, social, or physical/mental health problems. Abandoning previously enjoyed habits or hobbies to use DMT. DMT Addiction Treatment Currently ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or antianxiety medications. A physician must prescribe barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited uses, barbiturates are used to ...

    ... effects are associated with barbiturate abuse and teenagers may be more prone to developing emotional or mental health issues such as 2 : Anxiety. Isolation. Depression. Suicidal thoughts. If you recognize symptoms in ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Barbiturate Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Knowing how to approach a loved one who you believe is addicted to barbiturates can be a difficult and daunting task if you do not fully understand addiction. Fortunately, there are professionals who can help you to ...

    ... to use barbiturates even after noticing that they worsen medical problems. Using the drug in situations where mental and physical acuity is required to prevent injury or death (e.g., driving). No longer engaging in ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... and body if a person experiences prolonged seizures, stroke, heart problems, kidney failure, and/or altered mental status. Risk Factors Certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of a meth overdose including 2, 4 ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Use During Pregnancy

    Cocaine usage during pregnancy has the potential to harm both mother and baby, and the effects may be long-lasting. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 1,000 pregnant women reported using cocaine in the past ...

    ... odds of physical abuse of the child. 14 This may be due to the fact that these drugs cause significant mental disturbances. 14 Researchers have also found that teens who were exposed to the drug in utero were twice as ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ketamine Abuse

    About Alcohol and Ketamine Ketamine (also called Special K, Kit-kat, Vitamin K, Super Acid and, simply, K) is a dissociative anesthetic that - as a legitimate pharmaceutical agent - continues to be manufactured for both veterinary and human medical ...

    ... recovery. Individual therapy : Your therapist will meet with you one-on-one and address any underlying mental health or behavioral health issues associated with your addictions as well as develop and build coping skills ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... Drinking and Hydrocodone Abuse While both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report that the rates of teen drug use are stable or decreasing slightly ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Clonazepam Abuse

    Clonazepam is a drug that is prescribed for some types of convulsive disorders and panic disorders, among other mental health disorders. It also goes by the name Klonopin and it is a type of benzodiazepine that provides a tranquilized experience. It ...

    Clonazepam is a drug that is prescribed for some types of convulsive disorders and panic disorders, among other mental health disorders. It also goes by the name Klonopin and it is a type of benzodiazepine that provides ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e., sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... intake evaluation in order to assess the nature of your addictions as well as any co-occurring mental health disorders. This will allow the treatment team to create a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan for ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... skills. Dual diagnosis : Many facilities specialize in treating co-occurring disorders, such as addiction and mental health disorders like depression. For those abusing Xanax, anxiety is likely a major concern, so dual ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... patients who require medication therapy, as well as other critical elements of therapy, such as co-occurring mental health disorders or a history of prior relapse. 28 In addition to the high level of care, inpatient ... continue reading
  • How to Help a PCP Addict

    What is PCP? PCP, or phencyclidine - commonly called “angel dust” - was developed in the 1950s as an intravenously administered anesthetic. PCP is no longer approved for medical use, and is now only found on the illicit market. Most commonly, ...

    ... Are the Signs of PCP addiction? People under the active influence of PCP use may exhibit some of the mental and behavioral signs and symptoms listed above, and may act out in an extremely aggressive or violent manner ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. ...

    ... is addicted to bath salts, chances are they are dealing with a number of physical, emotional, and mental issues. Family, friends, neighbors, and even coworkers can provide support and love during the addicted individual ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... may be used to help alleviate the emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms. Psychiatric or other qualified mental health staff will remain vigilant throughout the period of detoxification and withdrawal, as anxiety and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth Use

    Is Meth Harmful? Meth, the abbreviated colloquialism for methamphetamine, is a wildly addictive and dangerous substance. Users can rapidly develop a dependency on its effects, which themselves exert a number of health risks. The illegal production ...

    ... facility. As psychological issues arise, they are dealt with by qualified psychologists or psychiatrists. Some of the types of mental health issues that could present include psychosis, depression, and paranoid behavior ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... or themselves. The incidence of such behaviors may be more common in people with a history of mental health issues. People using PCP often overestimate their abilities or think themselves impervious to harm, which can ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Marijuana Addict

    Marijuana continues to be the most widely abused illicit drug. The increased state-level legality of marijuana may be promoting perceptions of lower risks and higher benefits among high school students. In recent surveying, one third of 10 th ...

    ... of insurance do you take? How does the treatment center address other needs such as co-occurring medical or mental health issues? Does your center offer detox as part of treatment? Do you offer family therapy? Couples ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

    What Is Marijuana? Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a ...

    ... in long-term users and those who are older—placing them at greater risk of a cardiovascular event. Mental health effects : Long-term marijuana use can decrease an individual's performance on memory-related tasks and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... that lead to the addictive nature of heroin. Continued use of heroin can bring devastation to both physical and mental health , and is likely to culminate in a number of social and legal ramifications for the user. Short ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... . These signs of heroin use include: Feeling drowsy and sleepy for several hours. Having a foggy mental state. Slowed breathing. Slowed heart rate. “Nodding,” where the user will alternate between periods of being awake ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

    Overview of Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine ...

    ... anywhere from 3 to 8 hours. Potential effects include: 7 Euphoria. Heightened emotions. Heightened sense of mental clarity. Hallucinations. Decreased appetite and thirst. MDMA can be dangerous in the short term and may ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict

    What is Crystal Methamphetamine? Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth is a highly addictive white cystalline drug that can be taken by snorting, smoking or injecting into the body. The drug also has some common street names such as ...

    ... many people in need of treatment. As with all drugs of abuse, seeking professional treatment from mental health and addiction specialists will lead to the highest chance of methamphetamine recovery success. Unfortunately ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... enter treatment programs. With the presenting symptoms, they may begin sobriety in an inpatient mental health facility before being transferred to detoxification or rehabilitation services. After long-term insomnia and ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Abuse

    What Is Crystal Meth? Street Names for Crystal Meth Crystal meth is known by many slang terms including: Glass. Blade. Crystal. Quartz. Ice. Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive ...

    ... often prove difficult to manage, due to high rates of dropout and relapse, severe craving, protracted mental health issues (including depression and psychosis), and the inability of some users to experience pleasure in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

    Is Crack Harmful? Since it first appeared on the illicit drug scene during the 1980s, crack cocaine has solidified its reputation as one of the most addictive substances available on the street. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, ...

    ... 15 to 30 minutes for insufflated powder. Short-Term Effects of Crack The short-term physical and mental effects of using crack are generally more intense than the effects from snorting powdered cocaine and are similar ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Effects on the Body: Short-Term & Side Effects

    What is Cocaine? Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive substance. Cocaine hydrochloride remains a schedule II controlled substance, as it has some legal therapeutic application as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, useful in association with ...

    ... . Speeds up various physiologic processes via its central nervous system effects. Influence both short- and long-term mental health. Short-Term Effects of Cocaine Abuse Dependent on the method with which it is used—e.g ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... of drug use in this group was more than double that of the group that was not currently treated for mental illness - 25.8 percent vs. 12.1 percent. This data raises the importance of quality dual diagnosis treatment . ... continue reading
  • Teenage Addiction Guide for Parents

    The possibility that your teen may be struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder (SUD) can feel confusing and devastating. You may be overwhelmed with questions, such as: How can I be sure what's going on before talking to my child? How ...

    ... ) is the last part to develop in humans. 3 So, in combination with any genetic predisposition to mental health disorders or SUD, the adolescent vulnerability to peer influence, instability at home, or any individual risk ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

    A significant amount of people suffering from substance abuse and addiction meet the criteria for having additional psychiatric disorders as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The phenomenon of co-existing ...

    ... then will a concurrent condition be discovered since substances can cover and distort the expression of mental health symptoms. It will be important at that stage for medical professionals to quickly modify treatment ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... , stroke, respiratory failure, and coma increase. In the long-term, substance abuse may lead to mental and physical effects that will require addiction treatment to resolve. These effects may include paranoia, psychosis ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... month . The Meadows The Sonoran Desert hideaway treats addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex, as well as mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The Meadows offers a 45-day inpatient program for $54,300 , ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... end I'd be in my addiction. Any Port in a Storm? Trauma creates an imbalance to our emotional or mental system that's far beyond the norm. It produces intensely painful feelings and we look for a way to escape. Drugs ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... as: Being indigenous to the area Having a low socioeconomic status Being male Having a mental-health diagnosis or child-protection contact Experiencing academic failure Researchers recommended these factors be taken into ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... up to a year and a half). Doctors Step Up to the Plate In the midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis, we're in dire need of additional professionals who can help treat those in desperate situations. Enter ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... Harvard University study found just 17 percent of phone calls placed to get an appointment with a mental health counselor were successful. Combine that bit of information with the other reports revealing more than one ... continue reading
  • What Does It Mean to Be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... , they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin dealing with the other mental, emotional and physical side effects of addiction. What Are the Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal? You may be ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... -case scenarios of any given situation causes anxiety. Left unchecked, this can result in a variety of mental health issues such as panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and social anxiety. To cope with anxiety ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... County Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success, the Morris County Department of Human Services, and the Mental Health Association of Morris County to bring this new approach to those in need. How New Hope ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... and that treatment options should be available for these users.” In addition to asking about substance abuse and mental health issues, the survey also touched on police-community relations, as well as concerns on public ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... , paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, and insomnia can all stem from drug abuse; or, if the person already had mental health problems before using the drug, those problems are often exacerbated by its use. In some cases ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... and benzos. 12. Meditation In the last few years, mindfulness has emerged as a hot ticket in mental health care, and a fact long known by followers of Eastern spirituality has become common knowledge: meditation is ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... psychological dependence can be just as prevalent and is often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on a drug that their cells actually require it ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... , and consequences of substance abuse in America's noninstitutionalized population; run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 18. Office of Applied Studies (OAS/SAMHSA) : The primary source of ... continue reading
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